We are excited to announce that we released a new Docker Desktop version today! Thanks to the user feedback on the new features initially released in the Edge channel, we are now ready to publish them into Stable.

Before getting to each feature into detail, let’s see what’s new in Docker Desktop 2.2:

  • WSL 2 as a technical preview, allowing access to the full system resources, improved boot time, access to Linux workspaces and improved file system performance
  • A new file sharing implementation for Windows, improving the developer inner loop user experience
  • A New Integrated Desktop Dashboard, to see at once glance your local running containers and Compose applications, and easily manage them.

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WSL 2 – New architecture

Back in July we released on Edge the technical preview of Docker Desktop for WSL 2, where we included an experimental integration of Docker running on an existing user Linux distribution. We learnt from our experience and re-architected our solution (covered in Simon’s blog).

This new architecture for WSL 2 allows users to:

  • Use Kubernetes on the WSL 2 backend
  • Work with just WSL 2/turn off the traditional HyperV VM while working with WSL 2
  • Continue to work as they did in the traditional Docker Desktop with a friendly networking stack, support for http proxy settings, and trusted CA synchronization
  • Start Docker Desktop in <5 seconds
  • Use Linux Workspaces
  • To make use of the WSL 2 features you will need to be on a Windows preview version that supports WSL 2.
Gerald Freeman

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